There were 13 amplifiers on this years BEST of the BEST list and Decware’s Zen TORII is on it! Prices ranged from $29,000 to $2975
DECWARE Zen Torii MK III
$2,975-$4,875 (depends on options)
Decware founder Steve Deckert proudly proclaims the Zen Torii is “the last amp you’ll ever want.” And if you agree with Nelson Pass’ theory that there is a best amplifier for each type of speaker, the Zen Torii could be just “the best” if you have the right speakers. TONEAudio publisher Jeff Dorgay was smitten enough to purchase the Torii for his reference fleet of amplifiers. For an EL- 34-based amplifier, the bass grip is nothing short of breathtaking, and the Torii renders musical detail like Kodachrome 25.
Indeed, there’s never been a better example of specs not telling the whole story. The Torii plays louder and interfaces with a much wider range of speakers than suggested by its modest 26-watt- per-channel rating. Showcasing old-school style, the Torii is hand-wired in Illinois by the DecWare staff and guaranteed for life. American craftsmanship at its finest.